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Recher Theatre to close down in March

17 February 2013 By Jonathan Munshaw, News Editor 2 Comments

After almost 16 years of operation, the Recher Theatre will soon be transformed into a nightclub.
The Rec Room, also owned by the Recher, will also become part of the new nightclub, Torrent Lounge.
Owner of the Recher Brian Recher told the Baltimore Sun that he and his brothers, who co-own the venue, had discussed the change years ago, but committed to the change 18 months ago.
The nightclub will feature electronic dance music, rather than the rock, pop-punk and metal bands that the club usually features in its concerts.
“We’re going to change up and convert it to a nightclub,” Recher said to the Sun. “That’s where the trend is leading.”
There are concerts that are scheduled to take place at the theater in March, and those shows will continue as scheduled.
The transformation began last may, when construction started on the Torrent Lounge, which is classified as the VIP area of the nightclub.
The change comes more than a month after the Recher owners negotiated an agreement with the Baltimore County Liquor Board that absolved the theater of responsibility for a melee that broke out outside the venue in September.
During the melee, a man was shot and several others were arrested.
The incident stemmed from an overcrowded private event held at the Recher, which was held by the Theta Mu Mu fraternity, but took place outside the venue.
Junior Ben Giuliana said he is upset the venue is closing, as he has a number of memories from seeing concerts at the Recher.
“The Recher Theatre was where I went to my first concert,” he said. “Secondhand Serenade in my sophomore year in high school. It’s sad to see something like that go after going to a lot of shows there with my friends. I’m excited for the nightclub, but I’m also going to miss the small venue that brought in some big names like Secondhand Serenade and The Summer Set.”
The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.


2 Comments »

  • Aaron Dailey said:

    This is sad news. I have so many good memories from so many good shows at Recher. The Recher Theatre was one of the best places in the Baltimore area to see a rock show, and it was definitely the best place to see local talent. And it’s being replaced by what I’m sure is a generic nightclub. So sad.

    I’d rather see Alkaline Trio, Breaking Benjamin, the Gaslight Anthem, Billy Talent, the Matches, Butch Walker, Against Me! or any of the many other musicians I’ve seen there over the years than go to some dime-a-dozen nightclub. The Recher Theatre has a proud legacy that should have been protected. In a time when rock music is getting crowded out by autotune, recycled beats and vapid tweens, things like this sting a little more.

    R.I.P. Recher Theatre

  • doug said:

    What a shame – a lot of great bands played here – I only got to see a few – I guess I will never be going again. Electronic dance music just ain’t my thing

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